Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 6-15-2000

Publication Title

Physical Review A

ISSN

1050-2947

Volume

62

Issue

1

First Page

013815-1

Last Page

013815-8

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevA.62.013815

Abstract

We present detailed considerations on the achievable sensitivity in the measurement of birefringence using a high finesse optical cavity, emphasizing techniques based on frequency metrology. Alternative approaches of laser locking and cavity measurement techniques are discussed and demonstrated. High-precision measurements of the cavity mirror birefringence have led to the interesting observations of photorefractive activities on mirror surfaces.

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